Child molestation is knowingly touching the genitalia, over or under the clothing, of someone under the age of 15. Persons convicted with child molestation are subject to severe penalties under Arizona’s mandatory sentencing laws.
Anyone convicted of child molestation is required to serve a sentence of 10 to 24 years “flat time”, which means there is no parole or early release. Once released, they are required to register on the sex offender registration. Just being charged with child molestation can lead to the loss of parental rights under a civil action by Arizona Child Protective Services.
Accusations of child molestation can ruin a person’s reputation long before the official criminal charges or conviction. That is why it is so important to obtain legal representation from an experienced defense attorney who will fight for your rights.
The Law Offices of Howard A. Snader have aggressively represented many clients charged with child molestation.
Child Molestation vs Child Abuse and Child Pornography
Some people may confuse child abuse with child molestation. Molestation differs from non-sexual abuse in that abuse tends to center around harming a child or abandoning a child.
Child molestation is a sex offense; abuse is not. Molestation also differs from sexual exploitation of a minor, which most commonly involves child pornography, but also can involve other behavior such as “sexting.”
Molestation involves touching a child, while child pornography involves viewing and/or distributing photographs or videos.
Many individuals who are falsely accused of child molestation think there is no harm in speaking with the police in an attempt to clear their names. Do not do this. You can jeopardize your case and your freedom by making misstatements.
Your arrest will not be kept private. Allegations of these crimes must be reported to licensing bureaus, so charges can impact professional careers, especially in the medical and educational fields. You should seek the advice of an attorney on how to limit the damage.
Contact a Phoenix Sexual Abuse Defense Attorney Today
If you have been arrested for child molestation, sexual abuse, or sexting, it is essential to obtain a sexual abuse defense attorney and let him or her speak for you. At the Law Offices of Howard A. Snader, I offer an initial consultation to discuss questions and concerns.
Call 602-957-3300 or contact me online for an initial consultation to discuss your criminal law matter.